Today I will be talking about 10 ambitious Google-Alphabet projects you may not have heard about. Google went through a massive reorganization in October of 2015, when alphabet became its parent company. Projects that weren’t a part of Google’s core businesses such as Google search engines and Android were spun out into separate alphabet companies with their own CEOs.
All of these moonshot projects cover everything from making smarter homes to creating robots that can work alongside humans. Now even Google, which falls under the Alphabet still has oversight over some of these futuristic projects. But sometimes, the tech giant Google fails in their products.
Here are 10 most ambitious upcoming Google projects of the Alphabet and what they hope to accomplish :
- 1 Drones for Delivery (Project Wing)
- 2 Smart Contact Lenses (Project Lens)
- 3 Hot-air Balloons ( Internet Beaming)
- 4 Cancer-detecting Pills
- 5 Internet-beaming Drones
- 6 Titan (Boston Dynamics)
- 7 Longer-lasting Batteries
- 8 Genomic storing service
- 9 Deep Mind (AI)
- 10 Cure Death
Drones for Delivery (Project Wing)
Project Wing is alphabets desire to replace your mailman with flying drones. A patent filed in October of 2014 gave us better insight as to how the project would work. The drone will lower a package using a winch to tiny robots on the ground. These robots will then wheel the packages to a safe holding location. Alphabet plans and releasing the drone delivery service to the public in 2017 under project wing is run by Google X the company under alphabet.
Smart Contact Lenses (Project Lens)
The alphabet is pursuing smart contact lenses that are solar-powered and collect biological data about the wearer. Sensors are embedded in the contacts lens which could collect information like body temperature, blood data, and alcohol content etc. The tech giant also announced in 2014 that it was receiving contact lenses that would use tiny glucose sensors to measure sugar levels in your Cheers. The project is run by alphabets verily life science company which was originally named Google life sciences.
Hot-air Balloons ( Internet Beaming)
Project Loon is alphabets desire to bring internet to two-thirds of the world’s population using internet beaming. Hot-air balloons – the project has been on the web since 2011. About two years before it was unveiled to the public, the solar-powered balloons fly at a high altitude to provide broadband to areas without internet access.
Google X next project is cancer detecting pills. The tech giant is designing tiny magnetic particles that can look into signs of cancer and other diseases in the human body. The project, however, is at least another four years away from being ready for the final time. The project is being run by Google X research lab.
Alphabet has two approaches to beaming the internet around the world i.e. hot air balloons and drones. The tech giant bought Titan aerospace which makes the solar-powered drones that are built to fly non-stop for years. The Titan Aerospace Solara 50 has a wingspan of 150 feet and is equipped with 3,000 solar cells which can provide even kilowatts of electricity to stay airborne for five years. They can also take aerial photography the drone project is run as a part of the project.
Titan (Boston Dynamics)
Google turned Alphabet acquired a ton of robotic companies in 2013, one that stands out is Boston Dynamics. Boston Dynamics creates a number of robots inspired by animals to aid in the military. The one pictured here is called the cheetah robot, the fast legged robot in the world. The cheetah robot can get to a speed of 29 miles per hour crushing a 13.1 mile per hour speed record set by MIT in 1989. You can see a list of its robotic projects here all robot projects are run as a part of a replicant which is controlled by Google X.
Next on our list is longer lasting. It may not seem like an ambitious project but it’s actually a pretty difficult one. There is a lot of demand for batteries that last longer. When it comes to creating popular consumer items like smartphones, the alphabet CEO Larry Page told analysts in 2013 that battery life and mobile devices are a huge issue with the real potential to invent new and better experiences. A small group of just four members is currently working on that issue under Google X.
Genomic storing service
Google will store your genome in the cloud for $25 and the storage system could have a major impact on the scientific community. The hope is to collect millions of genomes to aid in scientific research. As MIT review reports of the system could aid in collecting cancer genome. Clouds that would allow scientists to share information and one virtual experiment the project is run by Google X.
Deep Mind (AI)
DeepMind is the company’s AI research firm falls under Google as a traditional product. Google has made massive strides in refining its AI. In May 2017, Google AI beats a human at a complex game for the very first time. Google’s AI was also capable of learning to play and win Atari 2600 games without any prior instruction. In 2015, a company’s AI system was able to successfully navigate a maze on a computer game the same way a human would.
This Google project is to cure death. The tech giant has taken on the ambitious project of extending the average lifespan. The research is being done and has been kept fairly hush. But we know researchers are looking at things like genes that correlate to longer lifespans in certain people. The project is run by Calico – a company under alphabet that stands for California Life company.